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Oracle released the scheduled critical security updates for its Java SE Runtime Environment software.  This Critical Patch Update contains 20 new security patches for Oracle Java SE.  All of these vulnerabilities may be remotely exploitable without authentication, i.e., may be exploited over a network without requiring user credentials.

If Java is still installed on your computer, it is recommended that this update be applied as soon as possible due to the threat posed by a successful attack.

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Java SE 13

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Java SE 11

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Java SE 8

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    UNcheck any pre-checked toolbar and/or software options presented with the update. They are not part of the software update and are completely optional.  Preferably, see the instructions below on how to handle "Unwanted Extras". 

Microsoft released cumulative updates with non-security improvements and fixes for Windows 10 Versions 1809, 1803 and 1709 today.  In addition, cumulative updates were also released for Windows 8.1 and Windows 7:

Windows 10 Version 1809, KB4520062
Windows 10 Version 1803, KB4519978
Windows 10 Version 1709, KB4520006
Windows 8.1, KB4520012
Windows 7, KB4519972

To download and install the update, go to Settings -> Update and Security ->  Windows Update and select Check for updates. 

 Adobe has released security updates for Adobe Acrobat and Reader addressing a long list of CVE's for Windows and macOS. Particularly due to 45 of the vulnerabilities being rated critical for Reader, it is advised that the update be applied as soon a possible.  The update additionally includes bug fixes.

Release date:  October 15, 2019
Vulnerability identifier: APSB19-49
Platform: Windows and MacOSUpdate or Complete Download

Reader DC and Acrobat DC were updated to version 2019.02.2.20047.

Update checks can be manually activated by choosing Help/Check for Updates.

    Reader DC and other versions are available here:
    Acrobat DC for Windows is available here:

Note: UNcheck any pre-checked additional options presented with the update. They are not part of the software update and are completely optional.

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Dev channel update to 79.0.301.2 is live
  • Added a setting to show or hide the feedback smiley face from the toolbar.
  • The first round of Family Safety features is now available on Windows 10.
  • Added an option to the New Tab Page for users signed into the browser with a work or school account to show Office content from their organization instead of news content.
  • Added a toolbar to Reading View for easy access to Read Aloud and text viewing options.
  • Added the touchscreen scrolling behavior that the existing version of Edge was known for.
  • Added a button in Settings on Mac to open Microsoft AutoUpdate.
  • Added right-click support to menu items on Mac.
  • Added the ability to automatically remove extensions from a user’s device when they’ve been removed from the store they were installed from.

Web News / Microsoft Now Enables Windows 10 Tamper Protection By Default
« on: October 14, 2019, 04:24:01 PM »
From Twitter:  Microsoft Security Intelligence on Twitter: "Tamper protection, a new feature that prevents malicious or unauthorized changes to security features, is now generally available for Microsoft Defender ATP customers and enabled by default for home users. Learn what this means and how you can deploy:" / Twitter

Also see Microsoft Now Enables Windows 10 Tamper Protection By Default:
With the Windows Defender becoming a reliable antivirus solution and further security enhancements being added to Windows 10, malware has increasingly made efforts to bypass it.

This is done by attempting to turn off or reduce the functionality of Windows Defender through PowerShell commands, group policies, or Registry modifications.

For example, over the past 4 months we have seen TrickBot, GootKit, and the Nodersok Trojans make a concerted effort to bypass Windows Defender in order to remain resident on an infected computer or to bypass its protections.

To enable Tamper Protection, go to Settings > Windows Security > Virus & Threat Protection and click "Manage Settings".  Scroll down to the "Tamper Protection" setting to enable.

LandzDown Lounge / Re: Thank you
« on: October 12, 2019, 10:33:28 AM »
Wow!  Reading your first thread here was certainly a trip down memory lane.  Most definitely you have learned so much since then. 

Mozilla sent Firefox Version 69.0.3 to the release channel today. The update fixed two bugs. No update has been posted for Firefox ESR.

  • Fixed download errors for Windows 10 users with Parental Controls enabled (bug 1586228)
  • Fixed Yahoo mail users being prompted to download files when clicking on emails (bug 1582848)
Update: To get the update now, select "Help" from the Firefox menu, then pick "About Firefox." Mac users need to select "About Firefox" from the Firefox menu. If you do not use the English language version, Fully Localized Versions are available for download.

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General Software News, Updates & Discussions / Adobe Flash Player Update
« on: October 09, 2019, 06:51:45 PM »
Although not released prior to the Microsoft Security updates, Adobe later released Version of Adobe Flash Player for Windows, macOS, Linux and Chrome OS. The update contains assorted functional fixes.

Release date:  October 9, 2019
Vulnerability identifier: None
Platform:  Windows, Macintosh, Linux and Chrome OS

Release Notes

Dev channel update to is live

Added Features:
  •   Added messaging to warn users when they install an extension that has the ability to change their search provider, home page, or new tab page.
  •   Added improved messaging and reporting abilities when navigating to unsafe websites.
  •   Added a button to set up syncing from the profile flyout.

Windows Insider Build 18999 Released to Fast Ring:  Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18999 | Windows Experience Blog.

The Calls feature has been added, enabling the ability to answer your Android phone on your PC.  In addition, the ability to move & resize Cortana’s window is now available for all Insiders.

Security Alerts & Briefings / Microsoft October 2019 Security Updates
« on: October 08, 2019, 05:40:33 PM »
The Microsoft October security updates have been released and consist of 59 CVEs. Of these 59 CVEs, 9 are rated Critical, 49 are rated Important and 1 is rated Moderate in severity. Two are listed as publicly known and two others are listed as under active attack at the time of release.

The updates address Spoofing, Remote Code Execution, Information Disclosure, Tampering and Denial of Service. They apply to the following:  Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer, Edge (EdgeHTML-based), ChakraCore, Microsoft Office and Microsoft Office Services and Web Apps, SQL Server Management Studio, Microsoft Dynamics 365, Windows Update Assistant and Open Source Software.

Note:  Adobe has not issued a Flash Player update.

Known Issues: See the Known Issues and accompanying work-around in the KB Articles for your version of Windows in the Update History at October 2019 Security Updates.

Recommended Reading:   See Dustin Childs review and analysis in Zero Day Initiative — The October 2019 Security Update Review.

Note:  If you have Parental Controls feature toggled on and are part of a family group, see Some Windows 10 Users Can't Use Firefox for Downloads.

LandzDown Lounge / Re: COU...DOWN?
« on: October 05, 2019, 08:38:32 PM »
Yes, CoU is down.  In fact, it is no more.  The servers were shut down on Thursday.  :(

Security Software Programs / Re: down
« on: October 05, 2019, 05:00:14 PM »
Sadly, MrNick, it most certainly appears that your points are spot on and it is indeed very sad. 

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